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Newcastle Have Good News On The Injury Front

It was not a good result or good performance by Newcastle at home to Burnley yesterday, and we are simply leaking too many goals to get the results we need – but there is good news that two defenders and some other good players – are nearing full fitness.

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Davide Santon – maybe back tomorrow at Leicester City?

Davide Santon has been on the bench for the last two games, and could even get a start at Leicester tomorrow when Newcastle will need to make some changes, with the 3rd round of the FA Cup coming 48 hours after the Burnley game yesterday.

And Tim Krul will resume training on Monday, and hopefully will be fit for the game at Chelsea a week tomorrow.

Newcastle have missed both Tim and Rob Elliot over the last six games and we’ve shipped 17 goals in that time – almost three a game – with young Jak Alnwick in goal.

So it will be good to get the Dutch International back in goal, and Rob Elliot will be back training one week later.

This is what John Carver has said about the injury situation on Wednesday:

“Santon played 55 minutes against Gateshead yesterday, he had a kick on the calf but it was fine, he will be involved,”

“Jonas got his second game. Tim Krul should start training on Monday which is fantastic news.”

“Rob Elliot should be back the following week. Sammy Ameobi the week after that. Ryan Taylor – there has been great news, everything is normal with him.”

“He will start in a couple of weeks. Haidara is back in the squad.”  “Abeid still has a bit of a problem with his toe, whether he will be fit for the African Cup of Nations I don’t know.”

“Rolando is three or four weeks away,”

It will be interesting to see if Mehdi Abeid does go to the African Cup of Nations,  having basically been unavailable for us since he was called up for the Algeria squad in November for the first time – when  he broke his toe.

We actually prefer him to Cheick Tiote in the side in defensive midfield.

It’s also obvious to play Abeid at Burnley on December 2nd was a big mistake. and that must have made the broken toe even worse – we have not handled our injuries and fitness very well this season.

So the good news is that within three weeks a good number of our players will be back playing – so if we can couple that with say two new players coming in over the January transfer window –  a striker and a central defender to cover for the injured Steven Taylor – that would be (very) good.

But whether Mike Ashley will make money available we don’t know – we doubt it.

The departure of Alan Pardew has put the spotlight on the Newcastle owner as the real problem at the club, and given his utter frugality and a tendency to keep selling our best players, it’s very difficult for any manager (or head coach) to succeed at Newcastle these days.

You take the good news where you can find it these days,  and we’ll have some good players coming back soon, but there needs to be more thought put into the squad and where the weaknesses are – and then fix them.

That wasn’t done sufficiently in the summer – and we left ourselves exposed at striker, center-back and goalkeeper – and we’ve paid for that.

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10 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    The grass is always greener on the other side of the street.
    We’ll never get it green on our side while Mike Ashley is at NUFC.

  • cyprus

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #2

    You’re still pro-pards and anti-ash, when it was the same management team all along.

    Anyway, on accusing the regime of selling our best players… the Andy money was ridiculously high so hard to turn down. The Cabaye money was 3 times his real value…

    The issue isn’t that we are a selling club because of bad Mike, as you clearly insinuate. It is that we need to buy top class when we sell. We need a top CF and one top defender… but, above all, a top head coach.

  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    forget about the wish list we will get what were given the only say we have is not going to st james

  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4

    slowly but surely ashley is taking every drop of blood out this club and city

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice that he’s put rough time frames on injuries. Never used to hear a thing about that.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #6

    I suppose the problem really us that Mike wants to run Newcastle like Arsenal and Everton , but he doesn’t really replace players before hr sells them (well he doesn’t replace them at all)

    Maybe we shouldn’t be looking a running the club like those two clubs, but look more to clubs like SOTON or Swansea. Maybe even look a broad.

    Mike needs to be more involved and we need a design. No more friends with benefits ????

  • Slank

    Jan 2, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Couple of things we learnt from the match.

    (1) Teams at the bottom of the league are not push overs. Therefore don’t expect a walk over against Leicester.

    (2) Cisse’s absence should give Riviere the opportunity to come good. He showed more than enough in the first half to justify the starting line-up again.

    (3) As much as I would like to see Armstrong succeed he isn’t ready yet. He looked lost and was anonymous, and not for the first time.

    (4) No point in being overly critical of Alnwick. He too is not ready for the big time, just like Armstrong. At least Carver had a choice on whether to bring on Armstrong but no such luxury with Alnwick.

    (5) Tiote had a bad day in total contrast to his performances against Chelsea and Everton.

    (6) Sissoko and Perez are gems. The question for Perez is whether his superb consistent performances are attracting the attention of other managers who will now mark him more closely.

    (7) Gouffran is fine as cover for Obertan or Aarons. He does a good job. Is reliable. Bit like Jonas. He will not win games however unlike Obertan and Aarons.

  • Mag52

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8


    Maybe the money was ridiculously high for Carrol and Cabaye, but that’s no reason to sell them if they’re what the club needs to make or continue making progress.
    I’m not saying that this was necessarily the case with these two players, although the sale of Cabaye, coming when it did, I would argue was inexcusable.
    The point is that Ashley will always be looking for the quick buck rather than looking after the good of the team, especially as he is unwilling to replace the players he sells.

  • faustino10

    Jan 2, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    With Haidara and Santon coming back for the left back position that frees Dummit up to play centre back were he has done well for us. It is sad what happened to S Taylor yesterday and mentally it has to be very tough on the lad to take but for the team I think Dummit can do a more than adequate job along side Colo. We do need cover though and the problem now is that Arsenal have made Van Dyke their number one transfer target this month. He would have been perfect. Anyway, hopefully Abeid misses the ACON as we will seriously need him with Tiote gone for a month. Have been very impressed with him alongside the outstanding Colback when they have played together. Colback reminds me of Rob Lee at his best. What a player he was. Have to say from the whole time Ashley has been here that this current squad is turning out to be the best he has had. Young and hungry (to succeed at Newcastle, not push for a future transfer). I suppose that was the plan all along by investing in youth. All we need is a solid Bony type striker in and a backup centre back and we will do well once our full squad is fit. Imagine DeJong picking passes for the runs of Sissoko, Rolando, Perez etc. Remember that we have the lads from Nottingham forest still to come as well as Good and Streete waiting for their chance.
    Main thing now is for Ashley to start signing up these young players like Sammy, Perez, Abeid and Rolando on longer term contracts soon. Especially Perez who is like a young Raul. Outstanding prospect that gets stronger and better with every game. I think 2015 is going to be a good year for the Toon. Maybe a few hiccups along the way until the full squad is back but I think we will do well, especially when Krul is back in nets. Poor Alnwick probably wants to forget about football and get a 9-5 office job after the Christmas he has had.

  • AndyMac

    Jan 2, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    “It’s also obvious to play Abeid at Burnley on December 2nd was a big mistake. and that must have made the broken toe even worse – we have not handled our injuries and fitness very well this season”

    Actually that last sentence should have read “The fool Pardwho has not handled our injuries and fitness very well this season”

    Who knows if it hadnt been for numpty we might have seen de Jong playing by now ?


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